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COVID-19: Lloyds to pay provisionally registered pharmacists £38k

The salary for provisionally registered pharmacists is based on a 40-hour work week
The salary for provisionally registered pharmacists is based on a 40-hour work week

Lloyds Pharmacy will pay all pharmacists eligible for provisional registration a salary of £38,480, the multiple has confirmed.

The salary is based on a 40-hour working week and provisionally registered pharmacists will also have access to “a structured clinical support programme to help them deliver safe and effective care,” Lloyds announced last week (June 19).

It follows Boots’ announcement on June 10 that its provisionally registered pharmacists will be paid £36,000, the same as those joining the business who are newly qualified.

‘Joining the register’

The General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) agreed to provisionally register eligible pre-registration pharmacists after assessments for 2020 were postponed due to COVID-19.

Pre-reg pharmacists must successfully meet a number of criteria to join the register on a provisional basis, the GPhC has said. To remain on the register they will need to sit the registration exam, which will be held online as soon as possible.

The regulator has also said that provisionally registered pharmacists must only practice under the guidance and direction of a senior pharmacist.

Lloyds said it would be finding a “suitable mentor” for all its provisionally registered pharmacists, as well as “ensuring they have access to a support network”.

“Vacancies for external pre-regs”

Victoria Steele, deputy superintendent at LloydsPharmacy, said: “In addition to wanting our new pharmacists to feel supported, we also want them to feel valued, which is why we’ve made the decision for them to also benefit from our increased minimum rate of pay, of £18.50 per hour, that we announced in April of this year.”

She added that the multiple would be matching its existing 150 pre-regs with vacancies first but would also have positions available for external pre-regs.

The multiple has also adapted its 12-month Foundation Programme, launched in October 2019, to give extra support to those eligible for provisional registration.

It said that the programme will offer clinical learning and preparation for the registration assessment, including lunchtime learning sessions, monthly clinical learning topics with suggested study and quizzes and a mock exam.

Ms Steele added: “We want to set our provisionally registered pharmacists up to be great pharmacists, not just good ones, by helping them develop skills such s leadership, decision-making and professionalism.

“The more we can support and develop them, the better the service and expertise they can provide to our customers and patients.”

Would you consider taking a provisionally registered post at LloydsPharmacy?

Ketan Soni, Pharmacy Buyer

£38K per year, for how many Hours a week?

Soon-To-Be Ex-Pharmacist, Superintendent Pharmacist

Most of them.

C A, Community pharmacist

"All of them."


Corrected that for you Lucky

Soon-To-Be Ex-Pharmacist, Superintendent Pharmacist

Ah, yes, I see my mistake....

R A, Community pharmacist

Good luck to those provisonally registered pharmacists! Even under the best of times being a newly qualified new pharmacist is a baptism of fire, now we have COVID-19 to also contend with. 

Crazy Pharmacist , Community pharmacist

Disgusted . Worked  for the company for 26years and only earn £2 an hour more than a provisionally registered pharmacist who will require mentoring . Lunchtime learning ! Ahahahaha never had a lunch in 26years . This hourly rate was also published in company communications in March for all and sundry to see . Shocking . But also ammunition to fight for a rise . Nothing like dangling a carrot in front of these poor provisionally registered pharmacists. They don't know what they are letting themselves in for . 

Soon-To-Be Ex-Pharmacist, Superintendent Pharmacist

Are you Crazy Pharmacist because you have worked for Lloyds for 26 years (you were there at the same time as me for six years - they were OK at the start, weren't they?) or was it the craziness that made you work for them for that long? Either way, I LIKE your username - sums most of us up in a nutshell!

What is your hourly rate btw? Just interested to compare it to the job I just left to go back locuming.

Ronald Trump, Pharmaceutical Adviser

 You signed up to work most of your life for community pharmacy multiple so what do you expect. What extra skills and knowledge do you have from an extra 25 years of experience that makes you deserve more than £2/hour more than a newly qualified? Within 1-2 years I expect the newly qualified pharmacists will be accreditied for all the same services that you can do? Maybe you can managed a team better and increase profits that way...well we have non-pharm branch managers now that will do that! The bread and butter of what you do is the same whether you are newly qualified or 25 years experience you all check prescriptions and offer advice and services. This is why commumity pharmacy is a joke of a career unless you own your own business (which is tough at the moment anyway). There is no career progression because you do not develop skills and knowledge or take on more clinical responsibility. Why are you moaning when this is the career you signed up for?! 



Interleukin -2, Community pharmacist

I normally wouldnt respond to such an ill informed rant but on this occasion for sheer disbelief at the level of ignorance that must ve informed this comment. I'll tell you what extra skill he has after 26 years in a job..its called experience. This thing called experience which you might not have heard of is NOT the same as skill. Two people may have have the same skill but differing levels of experience and competency. Dont panic, I'll come to competency in a minute....lets think of an example mmh.... I cant think of one but I know this experience thingy is  inimitable and very very different from expertise and what is more..its worth a few quid

Mark Boland, Pharmaceutical Adviser

'The bread and butter of what you do is the same whether you are newly qualified or 25 years experience you all check prescriptions and offer advice and services'

Correct. And there are pharmacists with many years of experience who are hopeless at managing a pharmacy and pharmacists with only a few years experience who are outstanding.

'There is no career progression because you do not develop skills and knowledge or take on more clinical responsibility. Why are you moaning when this is the career you signed up for?!'

You are right, there is an element of 'you only have yourself to blame'. However, there is very little career progression for millions of graduates in the sense that they will hold non-graduate level jobs for most of their lives, i.e. a regression. I think many might be signing-up to pharmacy because they see it as one of the least worst options.

Soon-To-Be Ex-Pharmacist, Superintendent Pharmacist

There are WORSE options??? Even the proverbial sh1t shoveller would be better than community pharmacy

Axed Locum, Locum pharmacist

There is banding in all other professions, - Lawyers, Clinicians, Nursing,Accountancy,  etc, so why not in Pharmacy??.


Mark Boland, Pharmaceutical Adviser

'There is banding in all other professions, - Lawyers, Clinicians, Nursing,Accountancy,  etc, so why not in Pharmacy??'

because the level of responsibility and technical difficulty associated with those professions, increases with time. Community pharmacy historically had compensation related to the nature of your business ownership. An employed pharmacist is an automaton who has to clear a repeating workload according to exacting operating procedures.

Soon-To-Be Ex-Pharmacist, Superintendent Pharmacist

You REALLY have a high opinion of pharmacists generally don't you? It seems that you are one of the 'they just count tablets and are shopkeepers' brigade.

Soon-To-Be Ex-Pharmacist, Superintendent Pharmacist

Because Pharmacy is, was and always will be considered inferior to those professions. I regret every day deciding to do pharmacy. I want to get a time machine, go back to 1981, punch my 16 year old self firmly in the head, tell him not to be so bloody stupid and do zoology instead.

Ronald Trump, Pharmaceutical Adviser

You should have bought a pharmacy at the start, you could sold a few years ago and be sailing the med right now. I think pharmacists now who are near the start of their career have very good prospects for job satisfaction and wage over the next few decades...but this has only come about fairly recently due to further training and clinical qualification which allows us to work more autonomously with patients, plus nhs waking up to potential of pharmacists in other sectors. If you think youre too long in the tooth to further educate yourself then thats your decision. Pharmacy continues to evolve and personally I think it has a very bright future. However I am a deluded Donald!

Soon-To-Be Ex-Pharmacist, Superintendent Pharmacist

And where would the money have come from for a kid fresh out of university, from a working class background (my dad was a building site foreman, my mum worked for Iceland, so no Bank of Mum and Dad for me) to buy a property? Bank loan? Wouldn't have worked because I had no deposit and nothing to offer as collateral unless they wanted one of my kidneys.

I have to disagree with you regarding the prospects for pharmacy - the 'pharmacist' of the future will be nothing like the ones of the past and while some may see that as a good thing, I don't. As I have said before, there is nothing that we do that others can't for less money - even the fabled 'clinical pharmacist' could be replaced by anyone with the right training - the role is fairly narrow in terms of medicines management and realistically, anyone with a brain could do it with a little bit of training and be considerably cheaper.

I know I could further educate myself, but I've decided after thirty years that I'm going to haul myself out of the cesspool and totally change my life. Pharmacy isn't worth the bother any more, there is too much crap for too little reward and anyone who is even considering a career in retail pharmacy in particular must have a screw loose because there won't BE retail pharmacy involving a pharmacist in ten years time.  

Soon-To-Be Ex-Pharmacist, Superintendent Pharmacist

Is it wrong to expect a salary rise every year? No. Does 25 years experience give you an advantage over a newly qualified? Yes. That is why he deserves more than £2 an hour above the newbie.

Obviously, Ronald, you are very much like your namesake........

Even if you want to stay in the same job role, I would have thought you would have explored working for another company if you weren't happy with the wage. I can't think of anything worse than working for a multiple for 26 years. You'll never get any recognition for loyalty and good service by these companies, only penalised when you fail to maintain or increase that service. 

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